The looks department is mostly under control now.
Time to deal with the important stuff now, such as suspension,
exhaust system and engine accessories.

With help from good friend Calle the rear suspension was brought to a much lower altitude.
The result is a bit too much, but it's no real problem, as a 1-½" lowering block is still in place.
The wheels will be painted, but for now are the same hue as the whole car was earlier.
(Jan 13 2013)

Thin aluminum sheet was used to fabricate a cool air duct on the drivers side of the radiator.
(Jan 17 2013)

According to historic racing rules, a catch tank for the crank case fumes was made from a 2,5 liter Glasurit hardener container.
A MrGasket breather and a piece of tubing was welded to a piece of sheet metal, which in turn was pop riveted to the container.
This container will sit in front of the battery in the engine bay.
(Jan 19 2013)

Calle looks happy with the result after helping with lowering the front suspension, and adjusting the height in the rear, which got a bit high this time.
(Jan 27 2013)

The engine bay is now painted black, so most of the painting is done.
Still have to clean up the engine a bit and work some on the electrical system.
(Feb 2 2013)

After reworking the rear suspension for the
third time, the height is about right.
Borrowed Minilight wheels make this Cortina look real nice.
(Feb 3 2013)

The whole dashboard looks sad and dirty. The tach is mounted on a piece of aluminum, which is pressed in between the instrument cluster housing and the steering column, and fixed in place with a cable tie.
(Feb 4 2013)

As the instrument cluster housing is painted, the wood grain tinted with some burnt sienna, and the bezels are polished everyting looks nicer.
The tach looks a bit like it belongs now, mounted into one of the original bezels.
(Feb 5 2013)

As the Cortina is more or less looking like it should, it was time to take a few photos for the FIA passport.
(Feb 16 2013)

The bumpers has to be mounted in these pics because the rules state that they have to be so if you're ever to drive it as a rally car.

One of the pics taken was used to make a fake Classicford magazine cover.

Text was added to the doors to emulate the Alan Mann cars of the day (Alan Mann Racing LTD. Byfleet England).
(Feb 18 2013)

The dashboard was painted red like the rest of the car and the small panel in the center got new older style swithes and a lamp which is lit when the ignition is on and the fuel pump is off.

Roundels with numbers were attached to the doors and hood.
By coincidence I got the same number as is on the Henry Mann car on the first page.
(Feb 22 2013)

This is what the exhaust system looks like. Regrettably, even if it sounds good, the noise seems too loud, so a small muffler will have to be added.
(Feb 25 2013)

As there wasn't much room under the car, a custom muffler was fabricated. It looks a bit funny, but it actually is quite effective, and the noise level is much lower than with only one muffler.
(Feb 27 2013)

This is not what you could call urgent or important work, but it was fun... Chromed cups made from Cragar wheel center covers over the MacPhearson tops, and polished valve cover. Doesn't do much for the performance, but it looks good.

A nice old steering wheel was found hanging on my garage wall, I don't even remember how I acquired it. It didn't have a horn button, but one was fashioned from an old wheel center cup. The result is a nicely nostalgic wheel.
(Mar 3 2013)

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